Composer Sohail Sen hits the high notes almost immediately with the first two songs and losing his way a little later. The thumping Jashn-e-Ishqa (sung by Javed Ali and Shadab Faridi) makes for quite the catchy introduction song. With the right mix of instruments and programming, it gets your feet tapping easily enough.
Next comes the quirky-crazy-cool Tune Maari Entriyaan (Vishal Dadlani, KK, Neeti Mohan and Bappi Lahiri). It has a infectious vibe that doesn't quite let go. Both songs are worthy of repeat listens. Testament to this is the fact that both feature on our charts. Jiya (Arijit Singh) is a mid-tempo, moody romantic track where the sombre music just kind of drowns the vocals in some parts.
Asalaam-e-Ishqum (Neha Bhasin, Bappi Lahiri) is reminiscent of the kind of 70s style Arabic tunes we were used to with an appropriate reworking to suit today's tastes. Vocally, it's precise, while musically, it isn't anything extraordinary. Saiyaan (Shahid Mallya) is a Sufi-esque track that's quite plain until you cross 2:35 mark. It comes alive a little too late into the track and by this time, you've probably skipped it.
Up next, is the Amir Khusro poem Mann Kunto Maula (sung here by Shadab and Altamash Faridi), which has a novel musical arrangement. Drums and electrical guitar dominate the background. It's peppy enough to be relevant to today's masses and traditional enough to keep purists at bay. There's even a Classical version, complete with Indian instruments in case you are, well... a purist.
The title track (Sohail Sen, rap by Kinga Rhymes) is just about okay, as far as introductory tracks go. Rhythm Of Jashn-e-Ishqa (Shadab Faridi) is a pared-down version of the first song of this album and not as impactful as the original. Tune Maari Entriyaan (Bangla) has version has Bappi Lahiri and Monali Thakur sing a variation of the original Hindi version. Makes sense, given the film is set in Kolkata. And while it's more sassy, it's not as appealing as the original.
Overall, Gunday succeeds in transporting you to the period the film is set in but as a whole has it's fair share of highs and lows.